A healthy lifestyle starts with a few changes in your everyday habits that you need to build upon day after day.
Today let’s go over some basics that will help you to live a healthy lifestyle without spending thousands of dollars on personal trainers or programs.
Now when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it does not mean just about being healthy in what you eat or doing some weight-lifting or going for a walk.
There are so many other factors that contribute to leading a healthy lifestyle.
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So let’s dive in. Remember, creating habits and being consistent is what is going to make a huge change in your lifestyle.
1. Fuel Your Body With Healhty Foods
You all must be aware that, everything starts from within.
Eating the right foods is going to give you the energy and nutrition that is required for not just your physical health but mental health as well.
Do not overcomplicate your food. Eat what is local, which can be cooked from scratch. Try to include real, whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. Watch your portion size and include vegetables and fruits with bright colours.
When you cook from scratch you know exactly what’s going into your meals, you have control over the ingredients that go into making your food, this way you are much more likely to be including nutritious food in your diet.
Get inspired, look out for recipes on youtube, cookbooks, food blogs, and have fun cooking them. While doing so, remember you do not want to be too strict on yourself because, in that way, there are chances that you could end up making unhealthy choices. Allow cheat meals instead of cheat days, that works best.
2. Keep Yourself Hydrated
The human body is made up of 60 percent of water. Water is essential to keep you stay alert, support digestive functions, keeping your skin healthy and supple.
Water helps distribute nutrients throughout our body and helps in maintaining our energy levels.
When you are dehydrated, you feel cranky, frustrated which impacts your mental health. Aim at drinking more water throughout the day.
Always keep a glass of water or water bottle around you. This is one of those healthy habits that you need to implement to get you to drink more water.
Just have water visible to you may be at your bedside table, work desk, in your bag which makes it much easier for you to drink it often.
3. Move Your Body Every Single Day
Our bodies are designed for movement.
You must have experienced, when you just go out for a walk say just for 15 minutes or so and you are already feeling better and awake.
Getting exercise or just daily movement is going to keep your body in a healthy state. We often spend most of our day sitting for work or for watching television.
When you start moving at different speeds, the different paces you naturally start feeling good. You do not have to go and join a gym for doing so.
If you are a beginner, just go for a walk. Aim at walking more day after day. Try and increase your daily activities.
For example, park your car far away while you go grocery shopping or office, or away from parking lot.
Park a little far away from your destination. This way you can implement these short walks which are going to be beneficial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Walk during your lunch breaks, take stairs instead of elevators. These small habits hugely impact your health. Moreover, they don’t feel like an exercise rather this is what you have chosen to do for your healthy lifestyle.
Exercise is not only good for your physical health but also for your mental health, your emotional well-being.
Walking or doing any other kind of exercise is really good for our bones and heart health.
Even something simple as stretching in the morning is really good to get your blood flowing. Emphasize moving your body every single day. No matter what time of day it is or how busy you are.
Just even 10 minutes of a brisk walk will do wonders and you will feel the difference in your endurance and overall health for that matter.
Again, you need to remember not to overdo anything that will end up getting you overwhelmed. Start slow if you are just beginning. Try something new, there will be trial and error in whatever activity you are willing to do. Find what is best for you and stay consistent.
4. Give Up Your Bad Habits
We all are very much aware of our bad habits and also aware of what we need to do that will make us feel good physically and mentally.
For example, say your diet is not working as you are binging into unhealthy foods, you are not getting enough sleep as you are awake post 2 am, and many more habits like this.
What you need to do it right away is to take a pen and paper and just brain dump all the things that you know are doing harm to you, your lifestyle.
You need to make an effort to let go of those unhealthy or bad habits and create space for new habits which are going to benefit you in long run.
For me, it was watching too much television in the evenings which resulted in wasting my precious half an hour to an hour of time just doing nothing. Instead, I chose to go for a walk and tried creating a positive habit.
Creating a new habit takes time. Make sure you are keeping a track of the newly created habit and staying consistent.
You want to make sure that you are creating realistic habits that can be achieved and not overwhelming yourself. Remember, small changes in your daily routine are going to end up in creating healthy habits.
5. Learn Something New Everyday
There’s always a thirst to learn something new every single day.
There is so much going on around us that we need to keep updating ourselves with new skills, new knowledge.
Learning is life’s continuous process. We need to brush up on our skills, tools, resources. Life is so ever-changing that to stay on top of your game in your field you will need to learn new skills and have them work for you.
You are constantly going to change, you are going to be a different person a year from now. You need to evolve and have a different approach in your whatever your task in your field is.
Take part in intellectual conversations, healthy debates. Those are the fun ways to keep on learning something new that is going to impact your health mentally.
When you learn something new, it sparks your creativity, inspires you and motivates and inspires you to implement a healthy lifestyle.
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6. Practice Self – Care
A good way to start your self-care journey is to choose just a few new changes that will make you feel good & confident.
It should be a slow and steady process so that you get the time to adjust to the change and make it a habit.
Write a journal or morning pages, read your favourite book, take a warm bath, put on your favourite makeup, meditate, enjoy what makes you happy and joyful to get ready for the day.
Take time out just for yourself!
Life’s responsibilities and ongoing stress often affect the quality of our lifestyle. This is when the importance of “Rest & Me time” comes into play. When you give yourself time to rest & indulge in self-care it reduces your stress & anxiety. It helps in improving your mood, decreases blood pressure, helps you get more focused.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health when it comes to starting a healthy lifestyle.
We need to reduce our stress levels as much as possible and try to work on the habit that triggers the stress levels.
Stress affects us emotionally and mentally. Selfcare habits will inspire you to take control of your health physically and mentally. Be patient and give your 100 percent and see the difference it makes in your life.
7. Tidy Your Space Before Going To Bed
Your surroundings can have a huge impact on your psychological and mental health.
When you have a cluttered space around you, subconsciously it affects your productivity, it makes you feel irritated and frustrated. This is not what you would like to go through if you want to start to implement a healthy lifestyle.
One thing that bothers me the most is waking up to an untidy/cluttered space. Hence I often make it a point to clean and tidy up my surrounding the night before.
This exercise not only creates a positive environment but also helps increase your productivity levels. Having a messy room to tackle first thing in the morning will make you feel sluggish and irritated.
8. Choose The Right Crowd
The people we surround ourselves, spend most of the time with are the ones that shape us and influence us for the way we think, for the choices we make.
These are the people which can make you feel good or for that matter may make you feel bad.
Understand who are the ones that are lifting up your creativity, if they are the ones that are making you feel really good about yourself when you are spending time with them.
If you come across people who are bringing you down. It’s time to part ways for the betterment of your mental health.
Make a point to nurture the people who are making you feel really good about yourself. Spend most of the time with these people.
You need to be with a crowd that will make you feel motivated, make you feel loved, make you feel inspired.
So that’s all for today. Those are some little tips that I wanted to share with you.
Which one of these do you think that you need to maybe work on the most? Or do you have any other tips that will help me to lead a healthy lifestyle?
Do let me know 😊 I would be happy to learn from you 😊
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